Wednesday, August 29, 2012
WHAT YOU BUILD IN LIFE WILL BE TESTED
24 So every one who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them-obeying them-will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon a rock;
25 And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
26 And every one who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand;
27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great and complete was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27). [Amplified Bible].
Two foundations-Two builders (7:24-27).
24-27 Verses 21-23 contrast "saying" and "doing"; these verses contrast "hearing" and "doing" (cf. James 1:22-25). Moreover the will of the Father (v.21) now becomes definitive in what Jesus calls "these words on mine" (v.24): his teaching is definitive.
In the parable cited here, each house looks secure in good weather. But Palestine is known for torrential rains that can turn dry wadis into raging torrents. Only storms reveal the quality of the work of the two builders (cf. Matthew 13:21). The greatest storm is eschatological (cf. Isaiah 28:16-17; Ezekiel 13:10-13), but Jesus' words about the two houses need not be thus restricted. The point is that the wise person builds to withstand anything.
What wisdom consists of is clear. A wise person represents those who put Jesus' words into practice; they too are building to withstand anything. Those who pretend to have faith, who have a merely intellectual commitment, or who enjoy Jesus in small doses are foolish builders. When the storms of life come, their structures fool no one, above all not God (cf. Ezekiel 13:10-16).
The sermon ends with what has been implicit throughout it-the demand for radical submission to the exclusive lordship of Jesus, who fulfills the Law and the Prophets and warns the disobedient that the alternative to total obedience, true righteousness, and life in the kingdom is rebellion, a life that is self-centered, and eternal damnation.
[NIV BIBLE COMMENTARY Volume 2: New Testament].
JESUS IS LORD.